1. St. Michaels Chef Mark Chew’s nod to his past

    by L'Oreal Thompson | June 6, 2012

    In 1969, when Mark Chew was just 7 years old and living in Saigon, Vietnam, a bomb wiped out his entire family, and Chew was shuttled off to a Catholic orphanage. When he and some other kids were caught stealing fruit from a local farmers market, a priest helped redirect Chew’s youthful energy and encouraged [...]

  2. Face to Face with Miles Barnard

    by L'Oreal Thompson | March 23, 2012

    Growing up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee, D. Miles Barnard, principal and owner of South Fork Studio Landscape Architecture in Chestertown, Maryland, developed a love for the environment and a keen eye for the clean lines of New England architecture.
    Eventually, Barnard managed to find a way to combine these two [...]

  3. Face to Face with Erin Paige Pitts

    by L'Oreal Thompson | February 7, 2012

    Famed interior designer Victoria Hagan once said, “I like to hear the ocean, not the decorating.” It is a quote that Erin Paige Pitts, an interior designer based in Gibson Island, Maryland, has taken to heart. “If she hadn’t said it, I would have,” says Pitts, who enjoys a serene view of the Magothy [...]

  4. Face to Face with Peter W. Ratcliffe

    by L'Oreal Thompson | December 9, 2011

    Growing up, Peter W. Ratcliffe’s father, renowned architect Donald B. Ratcliffe, told his son not to pursue architecture. “My father loved what he did, but he thought architecture was a tough business,” Peter says. “He did not want me to go into it.”
    But Peter didn’t listen and eventually became principal of Ratcliffe Architects in Stevenson, [...]

  5. Face to Face with Gina Fitzsimmons

    by L'Oreal Thompson | November 9, 2011

    It all began with a walk down the street. When Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID was a preteen growing up in Laurel, Maryland, she would often gaze into her neighbors’ apartments while walking home after her babysitting jobs. “The rooms were all the same layout, but they were designed differently. It was just amazing to me,” Fitzsimmons [...]

  6. Face to Face with Mark White

    by L'Oreal Thompson | September 25, 2011

    There are many sides to Mark White, owner of Kitchen Encounters in Annapolis, that are not immediately apparent. When he is not busy designing award-winning kitchens, White is educating the next generation on kitchen and bath design at Anne Arundel Community College. And when he’s not in the kitchen or the classroom, you may find [...]

  7. Face to Face with Architect Jeff Penza

    by L'Oreal Thompson | August 24, 2011

    Jeff Penza, principal of Penza Bailey Architects, is passionate about design.
    The mantra “design matters” is proudly displayed on the back wall of the Baltimore firm’s office. It’s a philosophy Penza carries with him on every project—whether it’s a historic home, custom addition, or a much-needed renovation.
    “I wish the American public had a better appreciation for [...]

  8. Face to Face with Kristin Peake

    by L'Oreal Thompson | June 8, 2011

    A self-described Energizer Bunny, Kristin Peake, principal of Kristin Peake Interiors in Rockville, Maryland, never stops. Whether it’s in her role as a wife, mother of two young girls or a business owner, Peake is constantly on the move. “I love what I do,” she says. “I never stop thinking about it.”
    Peake, an Annapolis native, [...]

  9. Face to Face with Mike Baldwin

    by L'Oreal Thompson | April 12, 2011

    For Mike Baldwin, president of Baldwin Homes in Arnold, Maryland, going green isn’t just a trendy catchphrase, it’s a way of life. For more than 20 years, Baldwin has been in the business of building homes and recently shifted his focus toward building quality energy efficient ones.
    Baldwin’s Emerson Eco-Model home at the new, sustainable development [...]

  10. Face to Face with Rob Brennan, AIA

    by Jennifer K. Dansicker | January 27, 2011

    Rob Brennan, AIA, principal of Brennan + Company Architects in Catonsville, Maryland has been a practicing architect for almost 30 years on residential, educational, and community projects in the Baltimore/Washington region. Originally from Connecticut, Brennan graduated with a Master of Architecture and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia. He moved to Catonsville [...]